Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

Winslow School Board Ready For Fall

Students enter the front doors of Winslow High School for their first day of the 2001-2002 school year.

To finish out the task of filling each school’s staff, the board approved the hiring of Bridget Jeskewich, English/Special Education teacher for WJHS; Daniel Elzy, English teacher for WJHS; Angela Guzman, Title I Clerical Aid at Jefferson Elementary; Chris Langemo, 5th Grade Teacher at Jefferson; Linda Jennings, Special Education teacher at Jefferson; Erin Guthrie, Alternative Program teacher for District 6B; Ron Harris, Counselor for the Special Education program and the district; Robyn Gibbs, substitute bus driver for the district; Marcella Porturica, half-time 1st Grade Aide at Washington Elementary; Rita Barton, half-time special education aide at Bonnie Brennan Elementary; Becky Barris, half-time reading aide at Bonnie Brennan; Cheryl Peterson, computer lab aide at Washington; Jacqueline Chischillie, special education teacher at WHS; and Gail Tsosie, 4th Grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary.

The board accepted the resignations of Charlotte Baker, Tracy Slade, Elizabeth Hardy and Monica Bratt. The board did not accept the resignation of Jean B. Glenn due to the resignation being received after the June 15 deadline. The board also approved Betty Scott’s resignation under the district’s early retirement program.

The board also approved an increase in ticket prices at high school sporting events for the upcoming school year. High School Assistant Principal Doug Watson explained the increase of one dollar for students and adults would bring the school’s prices up to those of teams in the East and said the extra money earned would be used to cover the rising costs of officials and traveling expenses.

Students who purchase activity tickets for $20 from the school will not see an increase in prices. Activity tickets allow entrance into any high school sporting event or activity for the entire school year.

The board also awarded Arizona School Board Association Insurance Trust the bid for providing school employees’ insurance. Anne Rickstrew, Business Manager for the District, said ASBAIT’s bid was close and coverage will resemble that of the previous insurance provider. The request for proposals went out due to Blue Cross informing the district that premiums would be increasing by 52% for this upcoming school year.

The board also approved a monthly retainer for Dale K. Patton, Attorney, for administrative representation and consultation for the upcoming school year as well as representing and consulting for more than routine legal issues.

Robert M. Jarrett, attorney with Udall and Shumway was approved for representation and consultation to the board and Dean Pickett and Melinda Hardy, attorneys with Mangum, Wall, Stoops were approved for special education legal issues and consultation to the administration.

During the Superintendent’s Comments portion of the meeting, Dr. David Black, expressed excitement about the teaching staff for the upcoming school year. He explained that of the 20 certified teachers the district has hired for this year, eight are Winslow High School graduates, five are from out of state, five are from somewhere in Arizona and two are returnees to the district.

He added that the principals from each of the schools went through intensive orientation with the new teachers on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to ready their staffs for school starting up once again.

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